Hudson River Valley from Fort Putnam, West Point
Oil on canvas
Overall: 46 7/16 x 58 5/16 x 1 in. ( 118 x 148.1 x 2.5 cm )
signed and dated: lower right: "G. H. B./1855"
Landscape with nine figures and an animal in foreground; city in background.
As a very young artist, Boughton chose a classic view of the Hudson Highlands near West Point for this large and ambitious canvas; one that also portrays the overgrown structure of Fort Putnam in the foreground. The picturesque and patriotic significance of the site, a famous ruin of the Revolutionary period, is reinforced by the visitors who gather to enjoy the vista and listen as an elderly guide, gesturing toward the ruins, recounts the military history of the spot.
Gift of John V. Irwin and William F. Irwin
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